Every blog-junky-Sinophile’s worst nightmare is that trip to China where their favorite blog is blocked by the great firewall of China. This happens to me all the time. Or should I say it use to happen to me. It doesn’t anymore. Well known to all ex-pats who live in China long-term, there is a Holy Grail option to piercing through the great firewall of China in order to access whatever website you wish, including Facebook and YouTube.
Students In Public School Are Also In The Know
If you or someone you know attends a public school, then you are also likely aware that proxy websites for school and vpn are the Holy Grail for accessing blocked sites.. Public schools also have to block numerous websites in order to minimize the amount inappropriate content that students can see and also minimize the amount of bandwidth consumption by limiting students’ ability to visit bandwidth heavy sites, such as YouTube or Netflix.
So What Is This Holy Grail Anyway?
Virtual Private Network, or VPN, will solve all your blocked-site woes. So what is a VPN? Quite simply, VPN services allow you to surf the web through a server in another city or country. Let’s say you live in Denver. When you surf the web, everywhere you go, sites know that you are in Denver by your IP address. However, while in Denver you can connect to a VPN server in, say, Houston. Then, as you surf the web, all sites see you as surfing from Houston. You dun tricked the web. The best vpn for china for China is up for debate, but you can find a list at at anoniproxy.com.
How Does This Help Me Surf Blocked Sites In China?
That’s easy! While in China, you can connect to a VPN server in Los Angeles. Since the entire web believes you are in Los Angeles, you can basically go wherever you want. Let’s say you go to Facebook. All the data from Facebook is first being sent to the server in Los Angeles to the VPN server. The VPN service then encrypts the data and sends it on to you in China and to your computer where it is unencrypted and displayed on your browser. China’s firewall has no idea the data came from Facebook. It thinks it came from some site in Los Angeles that it hasn’t blocked. And since it was encrypted, it doesn’t know that the data came from Facebook. Are you getting excited now?
What About Free VPN Services?
I have two problems with free VPNs services. It doesn’t mean that the free ones wouldn’t meet a specific need you have. I’ll address here why the free ones don’t meet my needs.
First, the free VPN services are slow. Well… of course they are… they’re free. If you are watching videos or don’t want to sit around waiting for images to load on your Facebook newsfeed, then the free VPN services are not going to meet your needs. I’m willing to spend the annual fee on a VPN service so that my surfing experience is fast.
Second, free VPN services don’t always encrypt your data. This is important to me. I often use VPN when I’m in a coffee shop so I can safely visit my bank’s website are other sites where privacy and safety is a concern. An encrypted VPN service will protect your data from hackers by encrypting it.
This doesn’t mean that a free service won’t meet a specific need you have. Maybe you only need the VPN once, or perhaps for just a week. In this case, maybe a slow and sluggish free VPN service is tolerable for the short term.